Love Is...
Norm Caldwell
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Get *Love Is...* delivered to your door! Love Is...: 101 Ways of Expressing Love
Norm Caldwell
My Mother's Publishing House
September 2001
214 pages
rated 2 of 5 possible stars

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This small book, much like its companions Lunch Box Notes and Here's a Thought, consists of one hundred and one fairly mundane statements intended to capture what love is ... Each page's singular statement (e.g., "An understanding of each other's needs." "Never go to bed angry." "Changing the oil every 3,000 miles." "Make them smile or laugh." "Not running over the cat when backing out of the driveway." or simply "Communicate") is duplicated on a cut-off portion of the same page. Readers are prompted to keep some for themselves and give selected cut-outs to others. For example, a cut-off statement could be used as a bookmark or a reminder, to share with friends or lovers in cards, letters or with gifts. It Curled Up With a Good Book could be used as an informal announcement on a work or community bulletin board, or simply presented to a loved one. Unfortunately, author Norm Caldwell provides no table of contents, page numbers, or index to help identify and find any given category of applicable statements, a single item, or any especially poignant phrase.

Readers may want to consider writing or coming up with their own statements of love and devotion. This reviewer would suggest "Expressing passion with mutual values and caring behavior;" "Having the empathy to nurture and sensitivity to support a relationship;" "The courage to work with limited resources and deepen commitment;" "Making the sublime or ideal more realistic and joyful with everyday appeal;" and others. With luck, Love Is... may prompt readers to characterize their personal processes of loving, their love relationships, or the attributes of what they believe love is...

© 2001 by David L. Johnson, Ph D for Curled Up With a Good Book

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